The game got off to a slow start with a scoreless first period. Staples goaltender Zachary Bloom made 10 saves, Amity’s goalie Tyler Cole made 8 saves.
The Spartans were first to get on the scoreboard with Jason Csejka’s unassisted goal at 2:56 into the second period.
The Wrecker’s Sam New tied the game five minutes later with his own unassisted goal, then, within two minutes New got another one past Tyler Cole, assisted by Reed Caney and Brian Gray.
Period two: Staples 2-Amity 1. Saves: Staples 5, Amity 10.
Brian Gray got the third period going at 5:22 with a Staples goal, assisted by Matt Bidgood and Zach Stober.
Amity edged closer with Csejka’s second solo goal at 10:45, but that was as good as it got.
Unfortunately, for Amity, Colin Hughes (#8) was cited for checking from behind which led to his being kicked out of the game with just 2.5 minutes remaining and he’s banned from Wednesday’s game as well.
Staples won this one 3-2.
Amity Head Coach “Scooter” Richetelli said his team got off to a late start in this game. “They played well in the third period, but you have to play well throughout the game, not just 15 minutes.”
He added that he wasn’t upset with the outcome, just disappointed in the performance. “We have a lot to work on and we take one game at a time,” he said.
Records: Amity 2-1, Staples 3-1-0
The Spartans host Milford at the Bennett Rink in West Haven on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 8:30 p.m.